Community Development

community development

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston promotes economic growth in lower-income communities by convening stakeholders, conducting research, and identifying approaches that work. Our current areas of focus are to: 1) strengthen the prospects of smaller cities in New England; 2) promote household financial stability; 3) increase community development lending; and 4) promote equal access to housing resources.


New England City DataCity Data Profiles  
A powerful, easy-to-use tool for viewing and analyzing local & regional census data
community outlook surveyNew England Community Outlook Survey
Economic and financial conditions of lower income communities in New England
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Designed to bring together borrowers and lenders
image of distressed city Neighborhood Stabilization 
Assessing the community impact of neighborhood stabilization efforts

Latest Publications

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August 2014
Economic and financial conditions of lower income communities in New England and the organizations that serve them
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Spring 2014
Always with Us:
Recurring Themes in the Fight to End Poverty
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Summer 2014

• Measuring Economic Security for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
• Older Immigrants in New York City more

News and Events

September 23, 2014
The Future of Northern New England's Smaller Post-industrial Cities
2014 Regional Convening of the New England Community Development Advisory Council

June 23, 2014 offsite
Gateway to community development resources from all 12 Federal Reserve Banks and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors

March 21, 2014
Partnering for Success: Community Reinvestment Act Training for Community Organizations offsite

January 15, 2014
Six Massachusetts Cities Win Competition Focused on Cross-sector Civic Collaboration
Fed chairman Bernanke, Governor Patrick, and Boston Fed's Rosengren celebrate the hard work of all 20 entrants in $1.8M competition


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